CORONA VIRUS UPDATE: INT'L OLYMPIC COMMITTEE POSTPONES TOKYO 2020 JUNIOR OLYMPICS POSTPONED GAMES
|2020 TOKYO OLYMPIC SUMMER GAMES POSTPONED BY ORDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE. The games are planned for 2021 tentatively.|
USA Boxing Announces Postponement of 2020 National Junior Olympics
BY USA BOXING | APRIL 14, 2020, 4:45 P.M. (ET)
USA Boxing’s Executive Director Mike McAtee announced today that the 2020 National Junior Olympics, scheduled for June 21-27 in Lubbock, Texas, is postponed tentatively until mid-August due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. “The health and safety of all our members is the first priority of USA Boxing,” stated McAtee. “Based on the recommendations of our Physicians Committee, we believe this is the most prudent action.” USA Boxing will continue to monitor all current and future restrictions made by the local, state and federal jurisdictions for any possible changes to these new dates.
“With our coaches and boxers unable to train, there is not enough time for them to be prepared for this National Championship,” said Mike Campbell, USA Boxing Events and Operations Manager. “We are working with our partner, Visit Lubbock, to secure alternate dates later this summer with hopes of a better chance of still holding the tournament.”
With the postponement of the event, this year’s tournament will be an open tournament for the bantam, intermediate and junior divisions instead of making the boxers qualify at the local and regional level to take part. The tournament will remain an open tournament for boxers in the pee-wee and youth divisions.
The official dates of the tournament, as well as additional tournament information will be announced in the coming weeks on usaboxing.org and USA Boxing social media platforms.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak outside of our control, and to protect the health and safety of all, domestic and/or international qualification events contemplated in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic/Paralympic Selection Procedures have either been cancelled or postponed. Because of the unforeseen changes, along with travel restrictions currently in place, the Selection Procedures are currently under review and may be amended.
In the event that the procedures are changed or amended, the updates will be posted online and widely distributed as soon as possible. As new developments occur on a daily basis, USA Boxing remains flexible but ensures that it will act expediently and in a manner to ensure a fair process for all. USA Boxing will keep its athletes informed along the way, and we appreciate your understanding and patience as we navigate the challenges this has presented.
Effective 8pm tonight 3/16/2020, All USA Boxing Gyms are advised to be closed to the public until further notice per the Governor's Office and State Police. Please visit often for more updates.
Northeast Governors From Connecticut, New York, New Jersey Announce Collective Measures to Combat Spread of COVID-19
These uniform standards will limit crowd capacity for social and recreational gatherings to 10 people effective 8PM tonight. This follows updated guidance that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued yesterday recommending the cancellation or postponement of in-person events consisting of 10 people or more.
The three governors also announced that restaurants and bars that serve food will temporarily be required to move to take-out and delivery services only. Bars that do not serve food will be required to temporarily close. These measures will take effect at 8PM tonight.
Finally, the three governors said they will temporarily close movie theaters, gyms and fitness centers, and similar public workout facilities and studios. New York and New Jersey will close commercial casinos effective at 8PM tonight. Governor Lamont will do the same for the state’s physical off-track betting facilities, noting their willingness to voluntarily close. In addition, Governor Lamont and Governor Cuomo are strongly urging their tribal partners to close tribal casinos.
This uniform approach to social distancing is meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.
Governor Lamont said, “We must do everything we can as a community to slow the spread of this virus so that we don’t overwhelm our healthcare system and we protect the most vulnerable. Viruses do not know borders, which is why taking a regional approach on this issue is the best plan forward. A national approach to these measures would be the best option to slow and mitigate the spread of this virus.”
Per the State of Connecticut Regulatory Body for Combat Sports, All Boxing and MMA events are hereby suspended until further notice. Please check in periodically for updates. If you have already paid for a sanction, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.
Press Release from USA Boxing:
In light of recent developments with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and after extensive consultation with the USOPC (United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee), medical experts, legal counsel and Board of Directors President Chair, Tyson Lee, USA Boxing is suspending all sanctioned events through March 31st. This is a very difficult decision given we are in the midst of Golden Gloves tournaments and entering the qualification timeframe for the 2020 Junior Olympics; however USA Boxing’s greatest concern is for the health and safety of all boxers, coaches, officials and physicians.
USA Boxing will review as circumstances evolve and more information becomes available and provide an update to membership by the end of March.
All events will be able to reschedule their shows at later dates. USA Boxing will not accept any new sanctioned event requests through at least April 15th. Refunds will not be given at this time, but you may reschedule your show for a later date.
Clubs and Gyms may continue training, however, they should limit participation to boxers and coaches, and discourage folks who “want to watch” to help reduce the risk of spreading the Coronavirus.
1. If sick, please stay home
2. If you have a fever, cough, or breathing disturbance stay home
3. Wash hands prior to placement of gloves
4. Take temperature of all boxers and referees before bouts begin
5. Referees wear fresh gloves for each bout
6. Be aware to maintain 3 feet distance from other athletes
7. Avoid shaking hands, and try not to touch the face, eyes, or nose
8. Cover mouth if coughing with tissue, or elbow area
9. Wash hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds
10. Wipe down boxing equipment and gym with disinfectant cleaners more than usual
11. Follow good personal hygiene after every boxing practice or competition, including showering with soap and water and washing uniforms after use
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